Artist Profile: Tracy McGuinness-Kelly
Tracy graduated from Salford College with a B.A in Graphic Design & Illustration in 1983. She went on to work as a freelance illustrator working with clients such as:
Oxford University Press, Missoni Fashion, POPrint Cards, & City Life Magazine amongst others.
She continued her career as an illustrator by accepting a position at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Missouri,
in the U.S, where she designed award winning giftwrap, greeting cards and other surface design product, as well as posters, stationery, gift bags, packaging and 3 dimensional toys. Whilst at Hallmark, Tracy completed a 4 month creative workshop concentrating on innovations in paper mechanics and printing processes.
Designs created in this period were submitted and appeared in ‘Design Excellence’ annuals such as ‘Communication Arts’ and ‘Print’ magazine.
Tracy moved to New York in 1998 to pursue a freelance illustration career, hiring agent ‘Lilla Rogers Studio’ to represent her. some of her clients include:
Starbucks, Nickelodeon T.V, American Girl, Crate & Barrel, Unicef, Great Arrow, Time Warner, Galison Books, Chronicle Books, Porter Novelli, Fast Company, TIME Asia, Christian Science Monitor & Little Brown Publishing amongst others.
After 3 years with ‘Lilla Rogers’ Tracy decided to go it alone, maintaining existing clients and gaining new ones. One in particular whilst exhibiting at the ‘Licensing Show’ in the Jacob Javits Convention center in New York, she was ‘discovered’ by her soon-to-be editor, Cindy Eagan of Little Brown Publishing.
The culmination of this great connection and meeting of minds, was a 2 book contract to write and illustrate her first two children’s book entitled ‘BAD CAT’ and BAD CAT Puts on his Top Hat’ published in June 2003/ 2004 in U.S, Japan, S.Korea, Canada and Portugal and are listed in the United States Library of Congress.
Tracy still holds good long standing relationships with clients in America.
“I see my work naturally heading in the direction of animation, I’ve always wanted to see the characters come to life I am currently in the process of making that happen for Bad Cat”.
Since returning to the UK in 2004 Tracy and her husband photographer Pete Kelly have a photography studio
Her latest licensed product is in the shape of a tent: http://www.fieldcandy.com/art_gallery/madmeadow.htm